Big dishes fill small ‘Cocina’

By Amanda Mayberry Big portions and big flavor are what separates Mama’s Cocina on Mednik Avenue from other Mexican restaurants. They give students that are on a budget more for their money. Students could easily get there by train, car, or even walking, though the latter might take a little longer. The walk is about 15 to 20 minutes. The area is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the Gold Line’s Civic…

September 28, 2011
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‘Straw Dogs’ does not disappoint

By Erik Luna If audience reaction accounts for anything, the new thriller, “Straw Dogs”, does not disappoint its suspense-crazed viewers. The movie utilizes many effective techniques to progress its intriguing storyline, such as foreshadowing and suspense. The suspense created by the main character’s unease is very noticeable and sets the mood for the movie. James Marsden plays the lead, David Sumner, who is married to a famous actress named Amy, played…

September 23, 2011
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‘Curves’ empowers women

  By Maria Gonzalez Twenty years in the making, Josefina Lopez’s “Real Women Have Curves” has stood the test of time, portraying women’s issues, particularly those of Latinas. A gala event was held Friday for the opening of the new CASA 0101 theater, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the play. “The Boyle Heights community was always neglected, and I always wanted to come back and do a cultural revival,”…

September 14, 2011
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‘Contagion’ spreads dull plot

By Erik Luna The new action-thriller, “Contagion,” delivers a poor storyline in the midst of a pending biological attack and leaves its audience in a state of confusion. Despite having a star-studded cast the movie fails in many different ways to maintain the audience’s attention. Having so many characters in the movie made it difficult to focus on a main topic throughout the movie. The topic of the movie was…

September 14, 2011
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‘Gold Rush’ reflects Moratorium

By Lourdes Espinoza An artistic look back at a day in history of Chicanos during the Vietnam War is captured through an exhibit titled “After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29th, 1970.” An opening reception will be held this Saturday, the 17, at the Small Gallery inside the Vincent Price Art Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. After The Gold Rush focuses…

September 14, 2011
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Harry Potter’s last spell

By Megan Perry The Harry Potter series has finally come to an end with the opening of “The Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” released July 14, at midnight. The film broke box office records with $92 million on Friday and totaled $168 million for the weekend. It has been a long time coming since the first movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” released in 2001. Joanne Kathleen Rowling did a…

July 22, 2011
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Dancers shine bright

May 25, 2011

  By Maria Gonzalez The Let’s Dance Company wowed the audience with Visions of Dance this past weekend. Visions included performances from the dance department’s classes as well as a showcase of Let’s Dance Company’s 5th Repertoire Concert. Both the beginning and the advanced students delivered brave and incredible performances at the S2 recital hall. Many of the different dances were set to musical classics. “The Waltz” used Tchaikovsky’s “The…

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Dessert defies shaved ice

May 23, 2011

      By Christopher Yee   The biggest misconception about shaved ice is that it’s the exact same as a snow cone, which is essentially chopped ice. The second biggest misconception is that it’s always as delicate and light as new-fallen snow. Fluff Ice, nestled just inside of the new Atlantic Times Square in Monterey Park, defies both of the above stereotypes with creations that are both distinctly theirs…

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‘Priest’ fails at box office

May 23, 2011

  By Erik Luna   With only a few fight scenes to offer its audience members and boring dialogue, “Priest” is not as interesting as movie trailers made them out to be. The setting is in a post-apocalyptic world where vampires fight against humans. The main character, Priest, is a forgotten warrior of a victorious war against the vampires. Although Paul Bettany is an adequate actor, his performance as Priest…

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ELAC play proves opposites attract

May 23, 2011

  By Rodolfo Trujillo   “The Girl Who Loved the Beatles” is the short, but tender story of a young woman who flees her dull suburban life for the excitement of New York City. The play consists of two unnamed persons, in the summer of 1974 at an advertising agency in New York City. The Beatles have been broken up for four years already, but for a sweet and idealistic…

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